The US violist and composer shares her go-to tech accessories in our Accessories 2024 supplement

Performing at Spoleto USA - Bill Struhs

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Violist Jessica Meyer

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I wrote my first looper album Sounds of Being on the Boss RC-20XL (, which is a simple one-track loop station. Now, I use a Boss RC-300 Loop Station, which has the capacity for three stereo tracks. The fidelity is much better with this looper, and it has phantom power built in.

DPA dvote™-CORE-4099-on-violin

The DPA 4099V mic

I use a DPA 4099V mic ( I play with an AER Compact 60/4 amp ( that is made for amplifying acoustic instruments, such as a classical guitar. I could certainly use other amps or a PA, but this one allows me to sound like me. I used this amp for my Viola Concerto and request it whenever I can’t travel with it.

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